With one fifth of the Australian population speaking a language other than English, it’s vital that language appropriate information and resources to support those experiencing violence are readily available.

That’s why our Gender and Disaster (GAD) Pod is launching newly translated versions of our ‘Disaster is No Excuse for Violence’ postcard, making this simple but important referral material available in 10 of the most prominent languages spoken across Australia.

The ‘Disaster is No Excuse for Violence’ postcard has been designed to be distributed among relevant organisation and communities affected by natural disaster, and outlines an easy-to-remember four-step process for identifying incidents of family violence and accessing appropriate support services.

For your copy of the postcards, which are now available in English, Greek, Arabic, Hindi, Punjabi, Italian, Spanish, Swahili, Vietnamese, Chinese (simplified). Visit:

DVRCV's Prevent X Conference Proceedings

Check out the proceedings from the stimulating Prevent X Conference held by DVRCV - an insightful take on primary prevention of violence against women. The fantastic artwork is by Sarah Firth.

DVRCV has plans to make the recorded conference sessions available to their members. Keep an eye on their website:

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements 

This report by the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements was released on 30th October. It was prompted by the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-2020. 

We were pleased to see recognition of domestic violence in the bushfire context through Recommendation 22.5, which states:
"Develop nationally consistent, pre-agreed recovery programs.
Australian, state and territory governments should expedite the development of pre-agreed recovery programs, including those that address social needs, such as legal assistance domestic violence, and also environmental recovery.

The GAD Pod will follow future developments and funding allocated to implement this Recommendation. Our own training has a proven track record of a recovery program addressing domestic violence in disasters. Importantly, companion modules addressing the effect of disaster on men and LGBTIQ+ people.

All training modules seek to reduce the harm from stringent gendered expectations. Both face-to-face and online, they have been taken up by a key emergency management organisations - despite that they can only be offered on a fee for service basis at this stage. Future funding under Recommendation 22.5 would enable more agencies to access this well-regarded, and highly evaluated training. Contact Jaspreet Kaur, our training coordinator for more information.

You can read all recommendations from this Royal Commission here.
Journaling the COVID-19 pandemic - a year on!
You may remember seeing this invitation in April this year:
Are you interested in keeping a journal to capture your impressions and experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic? I’m interested in how women, men and people of diverse gender and sexual identities live through this event. We know from bushfires and other disasters that you don’t need to be directly involved to be anywhere from slightly anxious to profoundly affected. Keeping a journal of even a sentence or two each day can help in many ways. 

Our experience is that documenting the voices of women and people of diverse gender and sexual backgrounds helps us all. 
In the first months of 2021, we hope to gather your thoughts about this extraordinary year.

We are heading to a break until January 18, but will be in touch then.
Have a great time over the Christmas and New Year break.
We look forward to less interesting 2021!
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